Ismael Ortiz

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Ismael Ortiz
Personal information
Full name Ismael Jafet Ortiz Zuñiga
Nickname(s) Da Ish
Nationality  Panama
Born (1982-10-22) October 22, 1982 (age 35)
Panama City, Panama
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 73 kg (161 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle
Club Pine Crest Swim Club (USA)
College team Drury University (2005-'07)

Ismael Jafet Ortiz Zuñiga (born October 22, 1982 in Panama City) is a swimmer from Panama. He participated in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens,[1] competing in the Men's 100-meter Freestyle. His heat time was 51.74 seconds, which was not enough to advance to the semi-finals. Ortiz also represented his native country at the World Championships (long course) in 2001 and 2003.

"...I found out I wasn’t going when I read the newspaper! How do you think one feels when your own country doesn’t even tell you that you’re not going?"

Ismael Ortiz, on the 2008 Olympic controversy

Despite qualifying to represent Panama in the 2008 Olympics with a time below 23.00 seconds, domestic political circumstances prevented him from competing in the games, causing a small public outcry in his home country.[2][3]

He swam for the USA's Drury University from 2005-2007.[4] He graduated with a degree in Fine Art in 2008, and currently teaches youth swimming in Miami.[5]


Ortiz is also an avid sailor according to the Denver post.


  1. ^ Ortiz's bio from; retrieved 2009-06-24
  2. ^ BEIJING 2008: MAS SOBRE EL CASO ISMAEL ORTIZ from; retrieved 2010-11-05
  3. ^ Ismael Ortiz and the Beijing Olympics from; retrieved 2010-11-05
  4. ^ Ortiz's bio Archived 2010-05-28 at the Wayback Machine. from the old Drury Athletics website. Retrieved 2009-06-24.
  5. ^ Coach Ish from Davie Nadadores; retrieved 2010-11-05
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ Ismael Ortiz: Video Profile from Brian Bardsley; retrieved 2010-10-04
  8. ^ Obelisk Art presents: Ismael Ortiz from; retrieved 2010-10-04